The right of every individual to be different from his fellow man is the theme behind this internationally-hailed, British production. The story tells of a man's dilemma when he refused to participate in an unofficial strike, where he works. While vicious, calculated violence brings the other dissenters into line, he goes it alone and is sent to Coventry (given the silent treatment) by his fellow workers. A stirring, thought-provoking movie that portrays the human problems and high emotions generated when a man dares to act on the courage of his convictions, and dares fight to keep his individual freedom.Written by
The girl lying on the grass with the motorcyclist is flat on her back on the grass then the shot changes and she has her head raised with her head using a tree trunk as a pillow. See more »
This is a home not a morgue. People talk in this house. They speak to each other. They say, 'good morning' and 'good night.' They don't treat their friends like they have some sort of disease or something.
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This film doesn't seem to be very well known but it has a lot to offer.
I've seen 50s/60s comedies based around factories but I can't remember many serious dramas like this. The plot holds few surprises but that leaves plenty of room for us to judge the acting, and I'd say it's consistently good. Richard Attenborough and Pier Angeli are a great combination as the young married couple - it's a shame Pier made so few films in English.
A lot of scriptwriters could do worse than watch this film and learn its lessons about how to tell a story in 90 minutes. And this is a good film for classroom use - leads nicely into a discussion of peer pressure and bullying.
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